Phthirus pubis Infestation of the Scalp: A Case Report and Review of The Literature

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Abstract

Phthirus pubis usually infests the pubis, groin, buttocks and perianal region. It can sometimes infest the thighs, abdomen, chest, axillae and beard. Eyelashes and eyebrows may be involved in children. The involvement of the scalp is very rare. We describe a case of P. pubis infestation located exclusively on the scalp in an adult woman. Neither lice/nits nor skin lesions were observed elsewhere, including eyebrows, eyelashes, axillae, pubis, buttocks and perianal region (the patient was hairless in the axillae and pubis). A review of the literature is enclosed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-489
Number of pages3
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Volume56
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018

Keywords

  • Phthirus pubis
  • pubis
  • scalp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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